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1. It is difficult for other motorists to see motorcycles at night. To make up for that, a motorcycle rider should:
Reduce their speed when riding at night.
Sound their horn repeatedly when riding at night.
Not ride at night.
Stay directly in front of another vehicle to be seen in their headlights when riding at night.

Strategies for safely riding at night include reducing your speed, increasing your following distance, using the lights of the car ahead to help see farther down the road, using your high beam headlight (unless following or meeting another vehicle), and being flexible about your lane position.

2. A pre-ride inspection should:
Only take a few minutes.
Take more than an hour.
Be complicated to perform.
Not be done before every ride.

It is important to do a thorough inspection of your motorcycle before every ride. This will usually take you only a few minutes.

3. If either tire goes flat while riding, you should:
Roll on the throttle.
Hold the handle grips loosely.
Gently apply the brake of the non-flat tire.
Increase your speed to exit the road more quickly.

If one of your tires goes flat while you are riding, you should ease off the throttle and maintain a straight course as you slow down. If you must brake, gradually apply the brake of the tire that is not flat, if you are certain of which tire that is.

4. When should your rearview mirror be adjusted?
After starting the motorcycle
Before starting the motorcycle
During the ride
At a traffic signal

You should clean and adjust both mirrors before starting your motorcycle. Adjust your mirrors so you can see the lane behind you and as much as possible of the lane next to you.

5. An approved helmet:
Allows the wearer to see as far to the sides as is necessary for safe riding.
Looks good.
Does not have a chin strap.
Protects the wearer's hearing.

While some people believe that a helmet will limit their vision, this is not the case. Any U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet will allow the wearer to see as far as is needed for safe riding.

6. When it is raining, it is usually best to:
Ride in the center of the lane.
Pull off to the side of the road until the rain stops.
Ride in the tire tracks left by cars.
Increase your speed.

Wet pavement is especially slippery when it first begins to rain. Deposits of oil left by cars will not yet have washed off the roadway. If it is raining, it is safest to ride in the tire tracks left by cars. The left tire track will often be your best choice, although this may vary.

7. A good way to handle tailgaters is to:
Change lanes and let them pass.
Ignore them.
Use your horn and make obscene gestures.
Speed up to put distance between you and the tailgater.

The best way to handle a tailgater is to change lanes and let them pass you. Speeding up may cause them to tailgate you at a higher speed, only increasing the danger.

8. How do headache, cold, and hay fever medications usually affect your body?
They make you drowsy.
They make you more alert.
They make you hungry.
They make you unable to concentrate.

Most drugs taken to ease headaches, colds, hay fever, allergies, or nerves can make the consumer drowsy and may impair their ability to ride safely. When taking a medication, it is important for a rider to know how the drug affects their body before riding.

9. To stop quickly, you should:
Rely only on the front brake.
Rely only on the rear brake.
Use the front brake and then the rear brake.
Use both brakes at the same time.

If you need to stop quickly, you should apply both brakes at the same time.

10. When securing a load, you should place the load:
As high as possible.
As low as possible.
On a sissy bar.
Only on one side of the motorcycle.

Secured loads should be low. Putting them too high up, such as on a sissy bar, can raise the motorcycle's center of gravity and upset its balance. Loads should be as evenly distributed as possible on each side of the motorcycle to avoid pulling the bike to one side.

11. A driver making eye contact with you:
Means that they see you.
Will never happen.
Does not mean that they will properly yield to you.
Guarantees that they will properly yield to you.

You should never count on eye contact to guarantee that a driver will yield to you. It is not uncommon for drivers to look directly at a motorcyclist but fail to consciously notice them.

12. In regards to drinking and riding, many penalties are:
Up to a judge to decide.
Not too harsh.

Oregon law applies severe mandatory penalties for drinking and riding. It is both illegal and dangerous to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

13. What can you do to increase your chances of being seen at an intersection?
Ride while using your headlight.
Swerve within your lane to draw attention to your motorcycle.
Raise your arms.
Avoid using your brakes.

To increase your chances of being seen at an intersection, use your headlight and ride in a lane position that creates the best view of oncoming traffic. Maintain a space cushion around your motorcycle that allows you to take evasive action.

14. When carrying a passenger, a motorcyclist should tell the passenger to:
Sit as far back as possible.
Hold onto the seat.
Put their feet on the muffler.
Mount the motorcycle after the motorcycle has been started.

Even if your passenger is also a motorcyclist, you should give them complete safety instructions before leaving on a trip. Ask them to get on the motorcycle only after you have started the engine. They should sit as far forward as possible without crowding you and firmly hold onto your waist, hips, or belt. They should keep both feet on the footrests at all times, even when the bike is stopped.

15. If your front tire goes flat while you are riding:
The steering will feel heavy.
The steering will feel loose.
There will be no change in the steering.
The ride will feel too smooth.

If the front tire of a motorcycle fails, it will cause the steering to feel heavy. If your steering feels heavy, immediately exit the road and inspect your tires.

16. Your lane position should:
Avoid other road users' blind spots.
Provide a good view of the shoulder.
Provide a poor view of road hazards.
Invite others to share your lane.

A properly chosen lane position should help you to see others and be seen by them. Avoid riding in another driver's blind spot for a long period of time.

17. You should usually position yourself in the portion of the lane where:
You are most likely to be seen and where you can maintain a space cushion around yourself.
You can draft off of other vehicles.
You can change lane positions the most frequently.
You are in another vehicle's blind spot.

You should most often position yourself in the portion of the lane where you are most likely to be seen and you can maintain a proper space cushion.

18. When riding at night, you should:
Be flexible about your lane position and adjust to changing conditions.
Travel at a faster speed than usual to get to your destination more quickly.
Always use your low beam headlight to see better.
Decrease your following distance so you can be as close as possible to the vehicle ahead.

Always be flexible about your lane position, especially when riding at night. Be especially careful to employ safe riding strategies when riding under conditions that are less than ideal.

19. When crossing railroad tracks that are parallel to the road, you should:
Cross the tracks at a 90-degree angle.
Avoid crossing the tracks for any reason.
Try to cross the tracks at a 45-degree angle.
Slowly inch across the tracks.

To safely cross railroad tracks, trolley tracks, or pavement seams running parallel to your lane, move to a lane position that will allow you to cross them at an angle of at least 45 degrees. Then, make a quick, sharp turn. If you try to edge across, the tracks or seam could catch your tires and throw you off balance.

20. Face shields and goggles:
Will likely never need to be replaced.
Will develop scratches and become brittle, requiring regular replacement.
Should be made of breakable materials so they can break away in the event of a crash.
Should not allow air to pass through.

Face shields and goggles, being made of plastic, will develop scratches and become brittle as they age. Replace them regularly to ensure maximum protection and comfort.

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